my MUA reviews: eyeliner

A mercifully short post, in comparison.

(not yet reviewed)
Silk Naturals
 – cream eye liner

in Amethyst (plum) and Mahogany (brown); slight preference for the former, though both are lovely.

 

Nvey Eco – Organic Cake Eyeliner  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 10/21/2011 3:58:00 PM

A pressed baked powdery sort of cakey contraption. Small round container, opens and closes with a satisfying snap. Shiny black outside, nice lettering. Mirror on the inside of the lid. Available in brown or black; I’m using brown for reasons of gingerness. Can be used dry or wet; wet, works well for tightlining.
APPLICATION: Not quite the same as a cake like the Laura Mercier one. Brush out some liner *dry*, onto back of hand or somewhere or other. Mix in water. Apply. Doesn’t work if you add water to the liner in its pan. There may, who knows, be some complicated technique to that: but I haven’t figured it out.
PROS:
—Like other cakes, produces a finer line through the lash-roots, doesn’t gunk up lashes as much as a gel one. Portable, lightweight, durable, doesn’t (in my experience) break. Highly recommended for travel; also as not using up your carry-on liquids allocation; I get geeky about traveling with hand-luggage only…
—Advantage over LM: easier to use–no issues of adding too much water–and applies like a dream. Also, will basically last forever (like many a cake; not real edible ones though, alas).
—Minimal ingredients, none of my frequent or occasional irritants; no bismuth oxychloride, for ex.
—Compared to a gel liner (Cinique, Bobbi Brown, Maybelline, Silk Naturals cream-gel one): as long lasting, but a finer line and easier application; better container than the glass jars with screw-top lids (all the above except SN). Better staying-power than them, no flaking during the day: I do notice that in allergy season when eyes are more easily irritated.
—Cruelty-free, organic, sustainable, etc.
CONS:
—price
PRICE:
around $25.00 for 1.5 g / 0.52 oz
INGREDIENTS:
Zea Mays Starch (Organic Corn Starch)*, Zinc Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba Seed Oil)*, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic Acid (and) Sorbic Acid, Stearic Acid, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil*, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed Oil), Glycerin. May Contain +/-: CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77007, CI 77947 (Zinc Oxide). *Certified Organic Ingredient

 

Bobbi Brown – Gel eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 12/8/2010 5:16:00 PM

[Review cross-posted with main review for BOBBI BROWN GEL EYELINER.]
Does what it says on the tin: long-lasting gel eyeliner. Waterproof, runproof, and doesn’t irritate (me, anyway). Chocolate shimmer ink is a warm mid-depth brown with some reddish-russet tones, shiny, with the shimmer of slight glimmer; not full-on large-particle glitter, but a long way from flat matte too. Not as burgundy as another favourite, Clinique Black Honey; Chocolate Shimmer picked as the best shade for my colouring (pale, some freckles, red hair, grey-green eyes with hazel-gold flecks); definitely one of the best for paler folks. Other that might be worth a try for other PPPs: black mauve shimmer (quite purple-black) and its non-shimmer version, black plum ink; sepia ink (mid-brown, no shimmer but more grey); eventually some of the greys: graphite shimmer, granite ink.
Smooth gel-cream texture. Little is needed. Requires a brush.
Can be used in various ways; I’m sticking to demure discreet tightlining for everyday purposes, and applying it using an old brush from Clinique’s brush-on liner (I love that brush as it has a very short handle, which helps application, getting up close, with perfect control–I’m very short-sighted). Tightlining is a fabulous and magical thing on pale eye-lashes. Method (with thanks to the MUA Boards!): first, ensure eyes and lashes are completely clean and dry. Apply liner to base of top lashes on the underside, with the brush-end vertical next to the lashes (rather than on the horizontal, perpendicular to them). It sometimes helps to pull your eyelid up, or at one side, to taughten the skin. Use a dot-and-squiggle movement, so the roots of the lashes and the skin between them are covered. Same again on the upper side of those same top lashes. Follow with mascara and rest of usual eye-make-up. The lining effect is very subtle and natural. It doesn’t look like wearing eyeliner at all. Indeed, the first time I tried this, I was a bit sceptical that it made any difference, so I experimented by tightlining one eye but not the other. Result: noticeable difference. Combined with applying a good mascara (with a slim brush) right down to the roots, reduces the pale-roots effect to the barely perceptible.
Fast to apply, stays on, doesn’t run into eyes–even left on overnight–and no irritation to report. Note that while the ingredients list bismuth oxychloride (amongst other CIs), this is a general ingredient list for *all* shades so if you’re sensitive to it (or to any of the other colours), contact BB directly to check if it’s in your particular shade.
Packaging: small glass jar with screw-top lid. Jar’s fine, the lid can be fiddly (I’d prefer a fliptop one but it’s not a deal-breaker for me). Like any glass item, if you drop it it may break: that’s why I was buying new liner in the first place, having managed to lose my Maybelline one and break the Clinique one when unpacking on my return from a short trip.
Costs around USD21.00 / CAD23.00 for 3g. Note that the Clinique brush-on liners have a very similar formulation but are a lot cheaper: USD14.50 for 5g; though their brown is darker and flatter. Cheaper still (but their brown is darker, greyer, and matte): Maybelline. Both are perfectly usable, but give me a nicer shimmery warm mid-brown any day. All three (plus MAC, another viable option) are cruelty-free.
INGREDIENTS: isododecane – cyclopentasiloxane – polyethylene – trimethylsiloxysilicate – disteardimonium hectorite – propylene carbonate – lecithin – phenyl trimethicone – hydrogenated polyisobutene – methicone – barium sulfate – bht – phenoxyethanol [+/- iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499) – mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – carmine (ci 75470) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]
CLINIQUE BRUSH-ON LINER (FOR COMPARISON): isododecane, cyclopentasiloxane, polyethylene, barium sulfate, trimethylsiloxysilicate, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, lecithin, phenyl trimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, methicone, bht [± mica, iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), carmine (ci 75470), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), ultramarines (ci 77007), manganese violet (ci 77742), chromium oxide greens (ci 77288), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289)

Bobbi Brown – Gel Eyeliner  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 12/8/2010 5:11:00 PM

Does what it says on the tin: long-lasting gel eyeliner. It’s also waterproof, runproof, doesn’t irritate (me, anyway), and comes in several pleasant useful colours.
I’m using CHOCOLATE SHIMMER INK (#13), have cross-posted reviews. This is a warm mid-depth brown with some reddish-russet tones, shiny, with the shimmer of slight glimmer; not full-on large-particle glitter, but a long way from flat matte too. Not as burgundy as another favourite, Clinique Black Honey; Chocolate Shimmer picked as the best shade for my colouring (pale, some freckles, red hair, grey-green eyes with hazel-gold flecks); definitely one of the best for paler folks. Other that might be worth a try for other PPPs: black mauve shimmer (quite purple-black) and its non-shimmer version, black plum ink; sepia ink (mid-brown, no shimmer but more grey); eventually some of the greys: graphite shimmer, granite ink.
Smooth gel-cream texture. Little is needed. Requires a brush.
Can be used in various ways; I’m sticking to demure discreet tightlining for everyday purposes, and applying it using an old brush from Clinique’s brush-on liner (I love that brush as it has a very short handle, which helps application, getting up close, with perfect control–I’m very short-sighted). Tightlining is a fabulous and magical thing on pale eye-lashes. Method (with thanks to the MUA Boards!): first, ensure eyes and lashes are completely clean and dry. Apply liner to base of top lashes on the underside, with the brush-end vertical next to the lashes (rather than on the horizontal, perpendicular to them). It sometimes helps to pull your eyelid up, or at one side, to taughten the skin. Use a dot-and-squiggle movement, so the roots of the lashes and the skin between them are covered. Same again on the upper side of those same top lashes. Follow with mascara and rest of usual eye-make-up. The lining effect is very subtle and natural. It doesn’t look like wearing eyeliner at all. Indeed, the first time I tried this, I was a bit sceptical that it made any difference, so I experimented by tightlining one eye but not the other. Result: noticeable difference. Combined with applying a good mascara (with a slim brush) right down to the roots, reduces the pale-roots effect to the barely perceptible.
Fast to apply, stays on, doesn’t run into eyes–even left on overnight–and no irritation to report. Note that while the ingredients list bismuth oxychloride (amongst other CIs), this is a general ingredient list for *all* shades so if you’re sensitive to it (or to any of the other colours), contact BB directly to check if it’s in your particular shade.
Packaging: small glass jar with screw-top lid. Jar’s fine, the lid can be fiddly (I’d prefer a fliptop one but it’s not a deal-breaker for me). Like any glass item, if you drop it it may break: that’s why I was buying new liner in the first place, having managed to lose my Maybelline one and break the Clinique one when unpacking on my return from a short trip.
Costs around USD21.00 / CAD23.00 for 3g. Note that the Clinique brush-on liners have a very similar formulation but are a lot cheaper: USD14.50 for 5g. Cheaper still (but small shade-range and they’re all matte): Maybelline. All three (plus MAC, another viable option) are cruelty-free.
Comparison with the Clinique brush-on liner: oddly, given how similar they are on paper, I found the Clinique one migrated and irritated (a very little) if left on overnight. Which I know is naughty: I do usually remove at bedtime like a good girl, but I always test stuff out overnight to observe long-distance wear. The big plus for BB and MAC over Clinique will be the range of shades available: whereas Clinique has the lovely (shimmery) Black Honey, a meh darkish brown, a grey, and black. Perfectly usable, but give me this kind of shimmery warm mid-brown any day.
INGREDIENTS: isododecane – cyclopentasiloxane – polyethylene – trimethylsiloxysilicate – disteardimonium hectorite – propylene carbonate – lecithin – phenyl trimethicone – hydrogenated polyisobutene – methicone – barium sulfate – bht – phenoxyethanol [+/- iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499) – mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – carmine (ci 75470) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]
CLINIQUE BRUSH-ON LINER (FOR COMPARISON): isododecane, cyclopentasiloxane, polyethylene, barium sulfate, trimethylsiloxysilicate, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, lecithin, phenyl trimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, methicone, bht [± mica, iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), carmine (ci 75470), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), ultramarines (ci 77007), manganese violet (ci 77742), chromium oxide greens (ci 77288), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289)]

Maybelline – Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 6/14/2010 9:31:00 PM

UPDATE [03/2011]: moved this up to a 5, for two reasons:
1. Tested side by side, and overnight, against Bobbi Brown: lasts as well. It’s also exactly as easy to apply.
2. Went mad (by my standards) and bought the eggplant. It’s gorgeous: eggplant/aubergine, not too purple or black, enough brown to it to keep it warm and burgundy-tinged.
Very good gel eyeliner; available in black, eggplant, and brown. I have the brown [and now the gorgeous eggplant!], and use this in alternation with Laura Mercier’s cake in Mahogany and Bobbi Brown’s gel one in Chocolate Shimmer Ink, pretty much every day. Works well for tightlining. A good option if you’re irritated by bismuth oxychloride (in the otherwise lovely Clinique Black Honey brush-on liner, alas) and looking for a cruelty-free one; other options, similar in application and effect, would include the Bobbi Brown and MAC gel eye liners. Except they’re quite a bit more expensive.
The Drama is packaged with a brush, which looks fine; I’m sticking to using an old brush from the Clinique brush-on liner, as it has a short handle which is more useful for me (being short-sighted). The Maybelline brush looks quite similar, except for the longer handle: small head, short firm bristles, flat top i.e neither angled nor tapered.
The jar is basically the same as the Bobbi Brown one: glass, with a screw-lid. Same volume (3g). I have the same niggle with both jars: while they keep the liner pretty fresh and airtight, the lid is a PITA especially between eyes–I remove it, dip brush, close lid, apply liner to one eye, repeat process. In between, there’s a lot of juggling tools. On the other hand, it does give a full workout to all your fingers. But I’d rather have a flip-cap that clicks shut. That might just be me, only having two hands, and not being at my most coordinated first thing in the morning.
The liner itself is drier than other gel ones I’ve used, but applied as easily and lasts as well. I only need it to last all day, and if left on overnight, it’s still been there the next morning. Only been using it for tightlining, so I can’t comment on its possibilities for cat-eye flicks etc.
The colour is quite matte; which is fine for everyday work-appropriate neutral/natural-effect simple enhancement. Look to MAC & BB for more glimmer and glitter.
Regularly available from drugstores; in a 3g screw-top glass pot. Hasn’t dried out yet. Costs in the region of $10-15.
INGREDIENTS: cyclopentasiloxane, propylsilsesquioxane, ceresin, isodecane, cyclohexasiloxane, caprylyl methicone, synthetic fluorphlogopite, silica silyate, disteardimonium hectorite, disodium stearoyl glutamate, propylene carbonate, candelilla wax, caprylyl glycol, aluminum hydroxide, calcium sodium borosilicate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, tin oxide. [ +/- ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499/iron oxides, mica, ci 77491/titanium dioxide, ci 77007/ultramarines, ci 77510/ferric ferrocyanide, ci 77288/chromium oxide greens, ci 77289/chromium hydroxide green, ci 77742/manganese violet, ci 42090/blue 1 lake, ci 19140/yellow 5 lake, ci 77510/ferric ammonium ferrocyanide]

Laura Mercier – Mahogany Brown Eye Liner (Cake form)  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 3/16/2010 8:47:00 PM

Best. Liner. Ever. Used. (so far, not to say I won’t find a better one, etc., etc.)
I’m just using this for tightlining–as it makes a huge difference on pale lashes, before putting on mascara, making them look thicker and lusher as emphasizing the roots. Previously used gel/cream liners in pots (mainly Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Stila) and self-sharpening pencils (Clinique, Origins, Almay, Maybelline, etc.). Currently using the old teeny flat-top brush that came with my Clinique Brush-on Liner in Black Honey.
LM’s version can be used wet or dry; I’ve had best results with wet so far (dampen brush, swirl in pan, easy peasy). The colour isn’t as exciting in the pan as, say, Black Honey or other shimmery glittery complex many-shaded colours. Three shades are available, and all quite flat and functional: this mahogany brown, plus a black and a navy. I’m using the brown as I look odd with black liner (too much on a pale redhead); and while it may look a bit dull in the pan, it does exactly the same as any other liner once on the eye: makes lashes look better, but without a noticeable harsh black line. A YBB effect.
Now, see, I’ve found that while colours look very different in the pan–that’s spread over a pretty big surface area. And while I can see some difference between shades of brown, and greater or lesser degree of glimmer, once they’re applied–that’s peering up close at a very fine line, and when I say up close, this is a short-sighted person peering with their glasses off. Similar to using a magnifying glass for those unfortunate “normal”-sighted people out there. While these things are very pleasing to me for a few moments of the day, there’s frankly no discernible difference between a duller liner like this one and a more interesting one like BH.
Colour aside: the cake is a dream to apply, and leaves no clumps, globs, inconsistencies. Just a smooth filling in of all the gaps between lashes, resulting in a nice even lash line, and that illusion of luxuriance … Little is needed, and there’s less wastage than I’ve had with the cream/gel liners; given that they lasted a good year or two, this should be good for a while and thus a decent buy. Certainly better than the pricey twist-up pencils, yet as lightweight and portable for travel.
USD22.00 / CAD27.00 for 2.2 g. Cruelty-free, sensitive-friendly, no irritation (tested with afternoon naps), lasts all day. Commendation on the nice subtle packaging: dark reddish-brown solid plastic with some gleam to it, simple silvery lettering.
INGREDIENTS: Talc, Propylene Glycol, PVP/PA Copolymer, DEA-C8-18 Perfluoroalkylethyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyethylene, Magnesium Myristate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Zinc Stearate, Mineral Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491). May contain: Ultramarines (CI 77007), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Almay – Amazing Lasting Eye Pencil  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 1/10/2010 3:11:00 AM

UPDATE (03/2010): down a lippie in comparison with current favourite, Laura Mercier’s cake eyeliner in Mahogany Brown.
Equal best eyeliner I’ve bought in a long time (the other being Origins Automagically, which comes in a wider range of colours). Passes that other test of a good eyeliner: when used with a brush, very nearly as good as a gel/cream one.
This is a twist-up, slightly creamy pencil. It’s easily “sharpened” on the back of your hand, but there’s also a sharpener at the other end of the pencil. Shades available: black, black/brown, and brown. I’m using the brown, and just for tightlining, being of the pale and gingerry persuasion: while I can get away with black mascara, black eyeliner looks too harsh.
It’s easy to apply, either as a pencil or using an eyeliner brush (this works for tightlining, don’t know about other lining techniques). Stays on all day, and indeed all day and all night: I’ve put the “up to 16 hours” promise to the test, and on my eyes at least, it does indeed. Nearer 24, actually. The big test is sleeping in it – not something I’d do regularly, but it has been known to happen occasionally. All other eyeliners I’ve used so far migrate and irritate (even just a little) by the next morning. The only ones that haven’t so far are this one, Maybelline’s old Unstoppable (in Cinnabar), and a Beauty Without Cruelty one of a long time ago (errm, some point around the early 1990s, so no guarantees on the 2010 version). My skin can be irritable, and the Almay liner has caused no complaints (ditto the aforementioned and some other previous regulars).
The brown is a nice rich warm brown: not a hint of grey to it, though it has the sort of pleasant reddish undertone I’ve previously only found in eyeliners that contained more red colours–carmine, bismuth oxychloride–of precisely the sort that tend to irritate my eyes (at least after a while, and when migrating, as they always do, onto the actual eye). The one exception being Origins Automagically. Almay offer a larger range of colours in some of their other pencils, but I haven’t found any of the others (the normal pencil and the Intense I-Color) to be in the same league as this Amazing Lasting one.

Bonus: it has a far better cap than my previous favourites, Clinique Quickliners and Origins Automagically. More solid, clicks on properly, and doesn’t crack; a cracking cap, IME, means your liner dries out very fast; a badly cracked cap falls off, with even worse consequences for your liner.
Readily available, even in many supermarkets. Might count as towards the pricey end of the scale for a drugstore product – around CAD 8-10 – but it’s as good or better than more expensive ones, better than cheaper ones, from a good solid brand that’s very sensitive-skin-friendly. Fragrance-free and cruelty-free (and many of their products, inc this one, are vegan).
INGREDIENTS: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, OZOKERITE, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, POLYETHYLENE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, CANDELILLA CERA (EUPHORBIA CERIFERA WAX), TOCOPHEROL, SORBIC ACID, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, BHT [+/- MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510)]

Origins – Automagically eye lining pencil  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 12/30/2009 7:40:00 PM

UPDATE (03/2010): down a lippie in comparison with current favourite, Laura Mercier’s cake eyeliner in Mahogany Brown.
Lovely twist-up self-sharpening eye pencil, with smudger at the other end. Very like Clinique Quickliner in use, effect, and price; and the packaging is nearly identical. The range of shades and the ingredients are slightly different (see end of review for comparison: less of the more irritating reds than in the Quickliners).
There are various muted naturals. Mostly browns and greys. I got Mulberry: a reddish-plummy-brown, midway between the Clinique Quickliner softer russet-browns – Shy Brown, Roast Coffee – and Grape (significantly more purple). Very nice indeed: used with black mascara, produces a gentler effect than black eyeliner, but more visible than a very light brown. The red-plum undertone – and it is an undertone, it’s subtle – works well with green-gold in eyes.
But if you’re looking for a stronger plum-purple, though, the Clinique quickliners in Grape and Violet would be recommended, or else Estee Lauder’s automatic pencil (advantage: cheaper snap-in refills are available) – Plumwood is close to Mulberry, Plum Grey is close to Clinique’s Violet as a sort of blackened-lilac, and Aubergine is a stronger purple. Or the plummy liners from Urban Decay, Korres, Tarte EmphasEyes, Benefit, Sephora own brand, Mac, and many others (depending on individual eye tolerance; and some are a traditional pencil rather than the waxy twist-up type).
Back to the Automagically – used for tightlining, application is very easy. Smooth texture, but does stay put, and zero irritation to report – and I have been through some irritating eyeliners in my time, especially those with red and purple tones. As with the Quickliners, I found the smudger useless (for tightlining, anyway) so got rid of it, using pliers. Keeping the clear cap on the end.
Automagically can be removed with no trouble, along with rest of regular eye makeup, using oil (jojoba/mineral/safflower/sweet almond mix). While it continues to work well even when stumpy and blunt, it’s simple to sharpen the end: just run the edge on a tissue or the side of your hand – no need for sharpeners. My first big gripe on packaging is actually that smudger – I chopped it off, though I guess some may use it on the upper eyelid. My second gripe is the cap, which, like on the Clinique Quickliners, cracks very easily then the liner dries out. Hence (as this just happened, sigh) down to a 3 on packaging. Still, a 5 overall as one of the best eyeliners yet used.
Like other Origins products, cruelty-free; ingredients look pretty vegan, too (inc. synthetic beeswax). As with many of their other products, the packaging proclaims that it’s “formulated without: parabens – phthalates – propylene glycol – mineral oil – PABA – petrolatum – paraffin – DEA – synthetic fragrance – animal ingredients”.* MUAers looking for “greener” products, do keep Origins on your list. Sensitive and irritable fans of Clinique makeup, give Origins a try. Bearing in mind that buying their stuff sends a strong message to the parent company, Estee Lauder, that customers are interested in products that are both “green” (and otherwise more ethical – ingredient sourcing, vegan, etc.) and sensitive-skin-friendly.
INGREDIENTS: cyclopentasiloxane – synthetic beeswax – disteardimonium hectorite – arachidyl behenate – microcrystalline wax – oryza sativa (rice) bran wax – tocopherol – ascorbyl palmitate [+/- mica – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – chromium hydroxide (ci 77289) chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140)]
CLINIQUE QUICKLINER INGREDIENTS (for comparison): cyclopentasiloxane – synthetic beeswax – disteardimonium hectorite – arachidyl behenate – microcrystalline wax – bht [+/- iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – mica – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – carmine (ci 75470) – aluminum powder (ci 77000) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]
*[To be fair, I don’t think I’ve ever seen phthalates in an eyeliner, and there’s plenty of other good companies around that are fragrance-free (synthetic or otherwise).]

Clinique – Quickliner for eyes in Grape  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 10/10/2009 2:01:00 PM

UPDATE (December 2009): moved over to Origins Automagically in Mulberry: very like the Quickliners, and this particular colour is midway between my favourite Quickliner browns (Shy Brown, Roast Coffee) and plums (the lovely Grape here). Both it and the Quickliner, though, carry a big complaint about the cap: easily cracked (and then the liner dries up).
Lovely lovely liner – I’ve long been a fan of the Quickliners – and a gorgeous shade: a plum that’s not too dark, with plenty of burgundy and a hint of russet-brown to keep it warm, but without toppling over into red.
I’m a bit embarrassed, actually, as Grape has been around for a very long time, and I’d been using Quickliners for a similarly long time and thought I’d at least tried out all of them and had used all the ones that suited me.
Found it as I was looking for a dupe for Almay’s Intense I-color in Raisin Quartz: lovely pencil, similar colour-family, but unfortunately irritating. And looking for a twist-up pencil rather than a sharpenable one (like Urban Decay’s delicious Rockstar) or a brush-on liner (see my adoration elsewhere for Clinique Black Honey).
Works well with eyes with a greenish tone to them. Grey-green here with blue and yellowish bits. This is warmer and more lively than brown – good if you have very pale cool-toned skin: I’d found the blue-, grey-, and green-toned liners made me look ill, similarly the true purples with more blue to them, and note that many browns have some greenish yellow to them when compared to a plummy-brown. If you’re currently wearing the browns, I’d recommend this as a “maybe a little but more interesting” alternative – depending on eye colour, of course.
Violet is darker and more blue-toned, with less brown to it: if you’re currently wearing black, it or the navy one would be worth a try for lightening up without downgrading to the browns.
So the colour’s a winner, and I was delighted to find it in a Quickliner as I’d been using them for many years and love them dearly: good performance and staying power, fast and easy application (tightlining here), zero irritation ever. Yes, there are other dept-store eyeliners from other brands I’ve liked too, but they’d been more expensive and the packaging was less to my taste. I’m not a fan of gold, bling, OTT, and baroque copy-writing styles to match the fantastical product and marketing claims …
Like the other Quickliners, it’s a twist-up pencil, soft enough to ‘sharpen’ on the back of the hand, soft on the skin. Comes with a smudge-tool on the end, which I find useless and always remove (knife & pliers) then glue its cap over the cut end. Pretty waterproof, long-lasting (errm, a good couple of days if need be!), easily removed with oil-based makeup remover or plain oil. Easier with a lighter-weight one, i.e. something like mineral, sunflower, safflower, almond – or a blend with them – rather than olive. Like other Clinique products, not tested on animals; like most decent and civilized eye stuff nowadays, fragrance-free and tested on real live (human, in C’s case) eyes.
INGREDIENTS: cyclopentasiloxane – synthetic beeswax – disteardimonium hectorite – arachidyl behenate – microcrystalline wax – bht [+/- iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – mica – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – carmine (ci 75470) – aluminum powder (ci 77000) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]

Almay – Intense i-liner in Raisin Quartz  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 10/5/2009 11:01:00 PM

EDIT: no, no, no. Alas. It ran. And got into eyes. Stung. Everything had to be removed, there was much redness and weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Back to Clinique.
Pros: lovely shade, a plum with elements of purple, burgundy, russet-brown. Between Clinique Quickliner’s nicer browns – Smoky Brown, Rich Coffee – and Violet, with more burgundy than the latter. As such, I prefer it, and it’s closer in colour to my all-time favourite liner, the brush-on Clinique Black Honey. (EDIT: yep, before I discovered the joys of the Grape. And Raisin is very close to Grape in shade: similar tone, slightly deeper.)
Like the Quickliners, this is a twist-up pencil. It has an inbuilt sharpener at the base, but as it’s a twist-up inside plastic, you don’t need that as much as with a regular pencil. Neat invention. While you don’t need such a thing with the Quickliners (they’re quite soft, and the point can be “sharpened” on the back of your hand), you do need something with the Almay version as it’s a bit harder than the Quickliner. But it does go on smoothly without pulling the skin, and is pretty good for tightlining. Being what I use these for, with a preference for pencil over brush-on on working days.
Decent price. No animal testing. And the packaging looks very like the Quickliner – mainly grey, discreet writing in sans-serif, and minus the Quickliner’s useless smudgifier with the further uselessness of a cap that always falls off. Thumbs up all round, except for the weeping and wailing etc. side of things. Probably worth a try, at the price. An overall 3 as a 5 for the colour, 4 for idea and form, and a 1 for bugging my eyes.
INGREDIENTS: triethylhexanon, ozokerite, beeswax, castor seed oil, carnauba wax, dipentaerythrityl tetrahydroxystearate/tetraisostearate, caprylyl methicone, tocopheryl acetate, soybean oil, aloe leaf extract, polymethyl methacrylate, bht, methylparaben, propylparaben [+/- mica, titanium dioxide (ci 77891), iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499), carmine (ci 77470), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]

Clinique – Black Honey Brush On Liner  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 12/20/2008 9:58:00 AM

UPDATE (03/2010): down a lippie in comparison with current favourite, Laura Mercier’s cake eyeliner in Mahogany Brown. (12/2010) Defected to Bobbi Brown’s long-lasting gel eyeliner: longer-lasting than the Clinique one, zero slippage into eyes.
Gorgeous colour, good texture, goes on like a dream, stays on, no irritation. My one slight caveat is that it does run into eyes if eft on overnight, and I’ve had some minor irritation the next morning. Solved by being a good girl and removing mu at bedtime… I’m a convert, after using Clinique’s Quickliners for about 15 years, and after testing out other brush-on liners. If you prefer a pencil liner, by the way, the Quickliner in Violet is a somewhat similar colour. I suspect this would work on the whole range of red hair (indeed, everything from golden blonde to black with coppery or burgundy hints), and with most eye colours.
Comes in a small pot. Slightly waxy, very slightly gellid. Texture, feel, and finish of this are pretty similar to the BB and MAC versions. A brush is included, which I found perfectly usable: it’s short – maybe 6 cm long – which I prefer to long-handled ones (I’m very short-sighted, which I’d count as a natural advantage in make-up application, when combined with a steady hand); my only complaint would be that the brush needs a cap – I had to make one for it.
The colour is fantastic. Between a plum and a reddish brown: mainly brown, with hints of russet and deep violet. And some bronze, so subtle as to be more of a glow and shine than downright sparkle and glitter. Fine for everyday, and very good behind glasses. I’m wearing BH with black mascara and eye base/concealer, and works a treat with strawberry-blonde hair and in bringing all the various colours out in grey-blue-green eyes with hazel centres, brings out the various flecks and goldy middle. Also “lifts” pale skin (enough red and violet in it – same goes for lipstick).
Following the advice of other MUAers, I’m not applying this straight from the pot but instead place a little on back of hand and dip into it. It seems quite dry – mercifully, unlike liquid liners which can go all over the place and be too wet – but that little dab doesn’t dry up before finished using it.
I’m using this for tightlining and very fine lining: makes a remarkable difference on pale eye-lashes. Method (with thanks to the MUA Boards!): first, ensure eyes and lashes are completely clean and dry. Apply liner to base of top lashes on the underside, with the brush-end vertical next to the lashes (rather than on the horizontal, perpendicular to them). It sometimes helps to pull your eyelid up, or at one side, to taughten the skin. Use a dot-and-squiggle movement, so the roots of the lashes and the skin between them are covered. Same again on the upper side of those same top lashes. Then deploy dampened Q-tips/cotton-wool buds to remove the excess from the inner lid and from above the lash-line (at least one Q-tip per eye). Brush the lashes, to remove the odd clumpy bits. There will be a little eyeliner on the base of the lashes themselves, which is not a bad thing at all. Follow with mascara and rest of usual eye-make-up.
The lining effect is very subtle and natural. It doesn’t look like wearing eyeliner at all. Indeed, the first time I tried this, I was a bit sceptical that it made any difference, so I experimented by tightlining one eye but not the other. Result: noticeable difference. Combined with applying a good mascara (with a slim brush) right down to the roots, reduces the pale-roots effect to the barely perceptible.
Costs EUR 18.50, GBP 12.00, USD 14.50; for 5 g – many other little pots of liner are 1 g, so that’s a bargain. The MAC and Bobbi Brown ones are 3 g., and while they each have a nice bronze and a nice burgundy, nothing like this colour; similar prices for all three, and only the Clinique includes a brush (which I happen to like, but I can see how normal- or long-sighted people would prefer a long-handled one). [EDIT 10/2009: nearly a year after purchase, and near-daily use – sometimes using Quickliners instead – I’m about 2/3 into the BH jar and have noticed no difference in colour or texture. Impressive and impressed. Hence down to a 1 for price.]
Clinique’s Brush-on Cream Liners are also regularly available in a deep brown and a black, and (less frequently) in a Smoke Grey and a Bronze that look most enticing. Not sure if these are US- and duty-free-only, or LE, or just another sign of Irish shops being a bit second-rate. I’m no too bothered, either way, as Black Honey was easy to find here, what I was looking for, I love it, and it looks like it’ll last me for a good long time. But BB and MAC are still well worth looking at too for their colours: BB has the widest range of the three brands. If you’re looking for a cheap dupe: nothing like this colour, but Maybelline do decent brown (greyish rather than rich reddish) and eggplant gel eyeliners.
INGREDIENTS: isododecane, cyclopentasiloxane, polyethylene, barium sulfate, trimethylsiloxysilicate, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, lecithin, phenyl trimethicone, ethylhexylglycerin, hydrogenated polyisobutene, methicone, bht [± mica, iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), carmine (ci 75470), titanium dioxide (ci 77891), yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), ultramarines (ci 77007), manganese violet (ci 77742), chromium oxide greens (ci 77288), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289)]

Clinique – Quickliner for Eyes in Violet  rated 3 of 5 gingerrama on 12/20/2008 9:55:00 AM

UPDATE (December 2009): moved over to Origins Automagically in Mulberry: very like the Quickliners (see review), and this particular colour is midway between my favourite Quickliner browns and plums.
UPDATE (October 2009): moved over to the Quickliner in Grape – more burgundy (and slightly ruddy-brown) than Violet, but without being brown. Would recommend Violet (or the Navy) for those trying to get out of black eyeliner; and the Grape for those trying to get off the browns.
UPDATE (December 2008): moved over to Clinique’s Brush-On Cream Liner in Black Honey. Better colour – more warm burgundy to it – and much faster to apply.
Excellent eyeliner. Twist-up eyeliner at one end, smudging tool at the other. Some people like the smudgifier; I use other tools for smudging so found it superfluous to requirements, but it’s just stuck on the end so doesn’t disturb the general use of the eyeliner.
Violet is a beautiful slightly plummy dark brown: more of a brownish-black than a brown, and with a blueness to the lilac tone. Great colour with brown or black mascara, for pale skin and red hair. It looks like this would work well with any hair colours in the red range – from golden blonde through to black with coppery glints – and with a wide range of eye colours (EDIT 10/2009: prefer the Grape – more warm burgundy).
Easy to apply: simply twist up, “sharpen” the tip on the back of your hand or on a tissue, and apply. Good texture: not too dry, not too creamy. So no need to pull and poke the fragile eyelid skin, and it doesn’t go all over the place. No reactions here (and I have pretty sensitive skin and eyes) to it, nor to bits going into eyes occasionally during application (easy to remove with damped Q-tip/cotton-wool bud). Lasts well – all day – and comes off easily with the rest of eye make-up, using a cotton wool pad soaked in oil (currently a mix of mineral oil + sunflower, almond, or olive oil).
I’m using this for tightlining and very fine lining: makes a remarkable difference on pale eye-lashes. Method (with thanks to the MUA Boards!): first, ensure eyes and lashes are completely clean and dry. Apply liner to base of top lashes on the underside. It sometimes helps to pull your eyelid up, or at one side, to taughten the skin. Squiggle so the roots of the lashes and the skin between them are covered. Same again on the upper side of those same top lashes. Then deploy dampened Q-tips/cotton-wool buds to remove the excess from the inner lid and from above the lash-line (at least one Q-tip per eye). Brush the lashes, to remove the odd clumpy bits. There will be a little eyeliner on the base of the lashes themselves, which is not a bad thing at all. Follow with mascara and rest of usual eye-make-up.
The lining effect is very subtle and natural. It doesn’t look like wearing eyeliner at all. Indeed, the first time I tried this, I was a bit sceptical that it made any difference, so I experimented by tightlining one eye but not the other. Result: noticeable difference. Combined with applying a good mascara (with a slim brush) right down to the roots, reduces the pale-roots effect to the barely perceptible.
Costs somewhere in the region of EUR 18.00, GBP 11.00, USD 14.50. Lasts at least 2 years (using only a little, for discreet tightlining). Other good non-harsh shades: Smoky Brown (soft lighter brown, almost taupe, my other regular), Shy Brown (quite light, not always easy to find), and Roast Coffee (darker and more brown). There are several muted grays (a nice Slate), blues, proper purple (Grape) and greens (lovely Khaki), as well as darker browns and black, so should be something there to suit all colourings. I’d used various liners as a teenager (back in the 1980s, I was a heavy-liner gal…), and this was the best by far.
INGREDIENTS: cyclopentasiloxane – synthetic beeswax – disteardimonium hectorite – arachidyl behenate – microcrystalline wax – bht [+/- iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – mica – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – carmine (ci 75470) – aluminum powder (ci 77000) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]

Clinique – Quickliner for Eyes  rated 4 of 5 gingerrama on 11/27/2007 10:00:00 AM

UPDATE (December 2009): moved over to Origins Automagically in Mulberry: very like the Quickliners (see review), and this particular colour is midway between my favourite Quickliner browns and plums. Both it and the Quickliner, though, carry a big complaint about the cap: easily cracked (and then the liner dries up).
UPDATE (October 2009): back on the Quickliners – Grape this time: great burgundy. Go for this if you’re usually using browns, and Violet if on black/greys. The Grape’s good with paler skin and more greeny eyes.
UPDATE (December 2008): moved over to Clinique’s Brush-On Cream Liner in Black Honey. Perfect colour, and much faster to apply.
Excellent eyeliner. Twist-up eyeliner at one end, smudging tool at the other. Some people like the smudgifier; I use other tools for smudging so found it superfluous to requirements, but it’s just stuck on the end so doesn’t disturb the general use of the eyeliner.
For a while, I’ve mainly used #02 – Smoky Brown – a soft lighter brown, almost taupe. Great colour with brown or black mascara, for pale skin, red hair, and grey-blue-green eyes with hazel centres. Other good non-harsh shades: Shy Brown (quite light, not always easy to find), Roast Coffee (darker and more brown), and Grape and Violet (muted plums). There are several muted grays (a nice Slate), blues, and greens (lovely Khaki), as well as darker browns and black, so should be something there to suit all colourings. I’d used various liners as a teenager (back in the 1980s, I was a heavy-liner gal…), and Quickliner has been the best by far. Still looking around and trying other things out, of course. One must live and learn.
Easy to apply: simply twist up, “sharpen” the tip on the back of your hand or on a tissue, and apply. Good texture: not too dry, not too creamy. So no need to pull and poke the fragile eyelid skin, and it doesn’t go all over the place. No reactions here (and I have pretty sensitive skin and eyes) to it, nor to bits going into eyes occasionally during application (easy to remove with damped Q-tip/cotton-wool bud).
Lasts well – all day – and comes off easily with the rest of eye make-up, using a cotton wool pad soaked in oil (currently a mix of mineral oil + jojoba or olive oil).
I’ve used this as a standard eyeliner (i.e. above the lash-line, on the top lid) for ages, though very seldom and for Special Occasions. I’ve recently started using it everyday for tightlining. Wow – magic. Especially if you have blond or red hair, and the consequent pale eye-lashes.
Tightlining method (with thanks to the MUA Boards!): first, ensure eyes and lashes are completely clean and dry. Apply liner to base of top lashes on the underside, using brush-stroke-type hand-movements. It sometimes helps to pull your eyelid up, or at one side, to taughten the skin. Squiggle around a bit, so the roots of the lashes and the skin between them are covered. Same again on the upper side of those same top lashes. Then deploy dampened Q-tips/cotton-wool buds to remove the excess from the inner lid and from above the lash-line (at least one Q-tip per eye). Brush the lashes, to remove the odd clumpy bits. There will be a little eyeliner on the base of the lashes themselves, which is not a bad thing at all. Follow with mascara and rest of usual eye-make-up.
The lining effect is very subtle and natural. It doesn’t look like you’re wearing eyeliner at all. Indeed, the first time I tried this, I was a bit sceptical that it made any difference, so I experimented by tightlining one eye but not the other. Result: noticeable difference. Combined with applying a good mascara (with a slim brush) right down to the roots, reduces the pale-roots effect to the barely perceptible.
I think this costs somewhere in the region of EUR 18.00, GBP 11.00, USD 14.50. Lasts about 2 years (using only a little, for discreet tightlining), a good year used daily, similarly just for fine tightlining.
INGREDIENTS: cyclopentasiloxane – synthetic beeswax – disteardimonium hectorite – arachidyl behenate – microcrystalline wax – bht [+/- iron oxides (ci 77491, 77492, 77499) – titanium dioxide (ci 77891) – mica – blue 1 lake (ci 42090) – bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163) – chromium hydroxide green (ci 77289) – yellow 5 lake (ci 19140) – manganese violet (ci 77742) – chromium oxide greens (ci 77288) – carmine (ci 75470) – aluminum powder (ci 77000) – ultramarines (ci 77007) – ferric ferrocyanide (ci 77510)]

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